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Parking changes back on the Richmond County Commission table

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Farmhaus Burger general manager Darby Carpenter thinks a pocket full of change for the meter would mean less cash for the business.

"I think it would keep a significant amount of people away from downtown. Nobody wants to pay to park in a place that parking has always been free when there are tons of parking. "

Richmond County Commission spent Tuesday night deciding whether or not to make changes to downtown parking.

Richmond County Commissioner Mary Davis said, "We haven't gotten there yet, especially with the Sheriff's Office. There needs to be more discussion."

Carpenter doesn't like it. Business owners on the street agree.

Workers downtown say it wouldn't just be a pain. They just couldn't swing it.

 "It would be an extra expense that I probably couldn't afford, "said a concerned citizen who asked to remain anonymous.

But some disagree and think it would mean more money for the city.

Cleveland Stokes said, "If they can charge for the city bus transit, then they can charge for parking. I don't think 25 cents is too much to charge for an hour."

Carpenter agrees. It's more money, but not enough.

"The funds raised aren't going to be enough to help the city do anything really big, if we could put them on the side streets, that's fine with us."

Fine, as long as the change goes to the right place.

"If we had to do meters on the side street and only if we can use the funds raised to keep downtown nice and help downtown law enforcement."

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